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While you were sleeping, those sneaky scientists in the Adobe Labs were busy brewing up something special for Mac and Windows users in the form of the Photoshop CS6 Beta -- and you can download it yourself, free of charge, right now!
Adobe Labs has released the first public beta for Adobe Photoshop CS6, the eagerly awaited next chapter in the company’s flagship image editing application for Mac and Windows, which is due out in the first half of 2012. Best of all, the public beta is not only free (of course!), but anyone can download it and take it for a spin.
“Thank you for checking out the Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta,” the Adobe Labs site reads. “The world’s best digital image editing software is about to get even better. Explore Photoshop CS6 beta for a sneak preview of some of the incredible performance enhancements, imaging magic, and creativity tools we are working on. Discover for yourself why Photoshop CS6 software will be a whole new experience in digital image editing.”
Highlights of the Photoshop CS6 beta include Content-Aware Patch, which allows users to repair images with greater control and blazingly fast performance in a modern UI thanks to the unprecedented performance of the company’s Mercury Graphics Engine that makes short work of processor-intensive tasks such as Liquify, Puppet Warp and Crop. Like many other recent Adobe applications, Photoshop now features “a refined, fresh and elegant” interface with a dark background option to “make your images pop.”
Finally, many of the Photoshop CS6 beta design tools are new or re-engineered for “consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.”
Adobe Labs notes that the Photoshop CS6 beta includes all of the features found in both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended, which adds 3D image editing features that might not be familiar to many users -- but these won’t be included in the plain-Jane release version of CS6, only the Extended version. You’ll need an Adobe ID to log in and activate the Photoshop CS6 beta within seven days of your first launch (the same requirements as the release version), so be sure to sign up for one now if you don’t already have it. Also, no serial number is required -- simply choose the “Try” option to use Photoshop CS6 for a limited time.
So where can you download all of this creamy Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta goodness? We’re glad you asked. Now get downloading and enjoy!
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